American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon


DOWL and Pali Consulting pledge $2,500 annually, ongoing, for named scholarship
The ACEC Oregon Scholarship Committee awards $2,500 per year to undergraduate engineering students attending Oregon colleges and universities. The annual recipient may remain on scholarship for four years as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.
The scholarship was created to encourage incoming freshmen to choose engineering as a major and to promote the consulting engineering profession.
The ACEC Oregon Board of Directors and Scholarship Committee are asking member firms to boost the profession with a gift to the scholarship fund.
Please consider joining your fellow member firms in creating a named scholarship for $2,500, or making a donation to the general fund.

ACEC Oregon Secretary/Treasurer and Scholarship Committee board rep Ron Vandehey talks about the importance of the scholarship fund and giving back to the profession.
Click HERE to donate now. 

Or, cllick HERE for a pledge form to be invoiced, or contact

Thank you to these firms and individuals for their support! 


Anderson Engineering & Surveying, Inc.

In memory of Art Johnson
(ACEC Oregon President 1999-2000)

Ryan Rudnick Parametrix
(2010 scholarship recipient) 

Diana Strassmaier Aldrich Advisors

Tony Roos Kittelson & Associates

Brian Copeland DKS Associates

Eric Bonn DOWL

Alicia Brazington PBS Engineering and Environmental 

Steve Litchfield Jacobs Engineering Group

Peter Coffey DKS Associates


Eligible high school seniors encouraged to apply for ACEC Oregon scholarship
Annual deadline is March 1 (submit to OSAC) 


  • Must be either a graduating high school senior (including GED students and home-schooled seniors) or have had no previous college education.
  • GPA: 3.30+
  • Due to Covid pandemic, waived for 2021 applications: Minimum verbal on SAT of 500 + minimum math on SAT of 600, or ACT composite of 28+
  • Major: Civil, electrical, environmental or mechanical engineering. Excludes computer and biomedical engineering. 
  • Career field (preference): Applicants interested in the consulting engineering profession
  • Colleges: Any Oregon four-year college that offers Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accredited programs in the major fields of study (currently OIT, OSU, PSU, George Fox, University of Portland; check with your college if unsure of its accreditation) 
  • Enrollment: Full-time enrollment required. 
  • FAFSA: Not required - not based on financial need 
  • Automatically renewable if criteria met

For more details, go to OSAC (Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion) 2020-21 Scholarship Catalog (click here: and search for "371." It is scholarship 371: American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon. 

(As stated here: 

  • February 15*: Early Bird deadline. Complete applications (including transcripts) submitted by this date will be entered into a drawing for one of several $1,000 Early Bird scholarship awards.
  • March 1* : Final deadline for all materials to be submitted to OSAC.
* If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, it will automatically be extended to 5:00 pm (PST) of the following business day. 

More info:

OSAC (Oregon Student Access Commission) Scholarship Catalog:

Scholarship Recipients at ACEC Oregon Events 

Scholarship Recipients Attend the
2019 Engineering Excellence Awards Dinner

Pictured above, from left: ACEC Oregon Scholarship Recipient (awarded 2016) Carly Loving; ACEC Oregon Vice President Tina Adams and Christine Higgins, Casso Consulting; ACEC Oregon Scholarship Recipient (awarded 2017) Hilary Chaimov; and ACEC Oregon Secretary/Treasurer and Scholarship Committee Board Rep Ron Vandehey, Miller Consulting Engineers. (January 2019) 

Scholarship Recipients Attend the
2011 Engineering Excellence Awards Dinner

Pictured above, from left: ACEC Oregon Scholarship Recipient (awarded 2010) Ryan Rudnick, a freshman at George Fox University; ACEC Oregon President Troy Bowers, Murray, Smith & Associates; and ACEC Oregon scholarship recipient (awarded 2008) Bradley Miller, a junior at Oregon State University. Scholarship recipients are invited to the awards dinner to meet engineers and view projects performed by consulting engineering firms. (January 2011) 


What scholarship recipients are saying:

(click on four recipients' names, below, to watch their video)

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"I'm very grateful to ACEC Oregon for selecting me for this scholarship." 

And about her mentor, "We talk about school and what he does at his job. It's good to hear about what civil engineers can do as a career, and as an environmental engineering major he gives me advice about joining extracurriculars and looking for research positions."
--Veronica Cooke
2020 scholarship recipient from West Salem

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"School is going well and I am absolutely loving my engineering classes. I think Statics and Strength Materials are my favorite overall." 
--Katelin Vandehey
2018 scholarship recipient from Aloha
(click on Katelin's name to watch her video)

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"Receiving this scholarship from your generous donations has not only opened doors for me to begin developing relationships with professionals, but it has pushed me through those doors."
--Hilary Chiamov

2017 scholarship recipient
(click on Hilary's name to watch her video)

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"The course load has been challenging but I have been learning a lot. I have been accepted as an OSU College of Engineering Ambassador for next year! I really appreciate all the support I have received from ACEC."
--Carly Loving
2016 scholarship recipient from McMinnville
(graduated Oregon State University, Spring 2020)

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"I am excited for this opportunity (an internship) to gain new engineering skills and learn what it is like to work as an engineer in a professional environment." 
--Austin Horner
2014 scholarship recipient from Sweet Home
(graduated Oregon State University, Spring 2018) 

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"I want to extend a big thank you for ACEC's contribution toward helping me achieve this accomplishment. The financial support that ACEC awarded me was a large part of what helped me in my journey."
--Evan Altorfer 

2012 scholarship recipient from Beaverton
(graduated Oregon State University, Spring 2016)
(click on Evan's name to watch his video)

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"Thanks for all the support ACEC has given me over the past four years!" 
--Zack Hartman,
2011 scholarship recipient
from Ashland
(graduated University
of Portland, Spring 2015)

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"I am grateful to ACEC for the amazing experiences and opportunities!"
--Ryan Rudnick

2010 scholarship recipient 
from Bend
(graduated George
Fox University, Spring 2014)
(click on Ryan's name to watch his video)

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"Thank you for ACEC Oregon's continued financial support and investment in my education. It means
a lot to me." 
--Bradley Miller,
2008 scholarship recipient from Medford
(gradudated Oregon State University, Spring 2012)

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"Thank you for ACEC Oregon's support through my undergrad education at Oregon State."
--Cierra Eby,
2007 scholarship recipient
from Echo, Oregon
(graduated Oregon
State University, Spring 2011)

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Derek Manwill,
2006 scholarship recipient
from Eugene
(graduated Oregon
State University, Spring 2009, and went on to earn his Master of Engineering degree)